Dermal Fillers

Surgical Uses for Dermal Fillers

In recent years, the popularity of dermal fillers has grown exponentially. Brands such as Juvederm and Restylane are today recognised as the cornerstones of the cosmetic procedures industry. With their non-permanent effects, and the non-invasive nature of their application, it’s clear why dermal fillers have become a go-to option for cosmetic procedures. However, the utility of these products extends beyond cosmetic applications and they offer numerous surgical applications. Thus, more and more people are using these products to correct scars, such as acne scars, chicken pox scars, scars caused by injuries, surgery scars and scars left by burns.

So, how do dermal fillers help treat and eradicate scars? Well, all dermal fillers comprise essentially of hyaluronic acid. This magical substance is naturally produced by the skin and it helps maintain skin hydration and the skin’s production of collagen. As we age, hyaluronic acid levels in the skin become depleted. This leads to the onset of the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and loss of volume. Originally designed to replace lost volume, dermal fillers can also be used to increase volume where it may not be lost, such as in lips. But, the question arises, how do they help treat scars?

The powerful voluminising effect of fillers can be harnessed to treat a whole host of scars, as listed above. By injecting the product around the site of a scar, the increase in volume can correct depressions in the skin caused by scarring. Thus, with added volume below and around the scar, its visibility can be significantly diminished. Moreover, hyaluronic acid stimulates the natural production of collagen in the skin. Thus, over time, dermal fillers will help the skin around the scars to heal itself. Finally, with its powerful hydrating effects, hyaluronic acid will contribute to healthier looking skin, further diminishing the appearance of the scars.

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